Overton Park Nature Trail
Been awhile since I did an honest blog post due to issues with Internet latency at my hangout in the auto shop. Last night the net went down for good and I was forced to seek alternative bandwidth solutions. I need something that is mobile and affordable and a fifty dollar cellular router caught my attention. I chose the T-Mobile cellular wifi “pay as you go” solution from Walmart this morning. I am testing it with the minimum purchase of one gig of bandwidth to see how that works out. It was ten bucks for the bandwidth and it lasts a week or a gigabyte whichever comes first. I will be as frugal as possible when using it and try to do as much Internet on free wifi as possible. I am going to restrict my blog post constructions to my iPad mini as a means of limiting bandwidth but this will likely limit my ability to format posts in my usual format. I still plan on uploading Youtube videos however and whenever I can.
The weather has been brutally hot here in Memphis the last week or so and this has made my 11 hour shifts on the landscaping crew at work specially hideous. As if the long hours and manual labor weren’t enough to contend with, I now have to deal with what are most definitely deadly heat conditions. Of course we have been briefed at work not to overdue it and to be aware of the symptoms of imminent heat death but that is little relief in actual practice. Coming “home” to the shop is almost as bad since there is no air conditioning and the concrete block construction soaks up enough sun all day to radiate heat inside all night. Security concerns stifle any thoughts of open windows or proper ventilation. It is a situation that was never meant to be sustained and is rapidly approaching unsustainably. My van is as road ready as I can get it with the time and money I have available and I am more than ready to get along in my journey to Pike’s Peak. My original plan of walking from Oklahoma to Colorado at ten miles a day would have gotten me there by the Fourth of July. I am trying to keep somewhere close to that earlier scheduled arrival time. It’s all a bit of a gamble, much like life itself, but if I don’t take a chance I don’t stand a chance. My tolerance for risk is a bit higher these days since I am literally risking my life and health in my current work/home living arrangements on a daily basis. The final exodus to the mountains is rapidly approaching. I am getting excited and nervous but always confident the future will find me in a more suitable situation than the present. Many thanks to those who have cheered me on or helped me out in any fashion over the last six months or so. I would not be in the position to make this move without you.
Bandit and I are sitting on the patio of the golf clubhouse at Overton Park in the shade. We will be walking over to the “Overton Bark” dog park to hang out with the hounds in a minute. It is free and a nice respite from the heat of the shop. I will Instagram-Twitter some shots of the dogs from the facility in a bit.